Valve shared that its Steam platform crossed another milestone, breaking its own record by crossing 30 million concurrent users for the first time.
That is 30 million people using the platform in one way or another. There were 8.5 million people actively playing a game, while the rest was using other aspects of the platform, such as browsing the store or using its social features.
The growth of the Steam platform has exploded since the start of the pandemic. As of January of 2020, Steam had a little over 18 million concurrent users, with 5.6 million users actively gaming. It took Valve’s platform less than two years to add 12 million concurrent users and nearly 3 million active gamers.
To give you some perspective on how quick its rise has been, it took Valve from its launch in 2003 to 2012 to hit its initial 6 million users. Then it took them from 2012 to 2020 to grow it by another 12 million users.
Since its launch, Valve has enjoyed being the premier gaming storefront on the PC. While there are other storefronts that have challenged Valve, with the Epic Game Store being the most recent, it hasn’t slowed down the growth of the platform.
At this point, I believe we will continue to see Steam grow at a rapid pace, and I am sure we will be talking about Steam breaking its own record and crossing another milestone soon.